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During the month of November 2015, the students of the French classes Chagall, Fragonnard and Monet of Y7, Y8 and Y9 have participated in the French Speech Competition.
The FSC is an annual competition where you recite French poems. The participants can be French speakers or not. All the schools in Hong Kong who teach French are encouraged to participate. The annual competition is divided into solo and choral categories.
17 students from FIS participated in the solo competition as well as a team of nine, ‘Les Champi-gn-onnes’ who won the choral competition of their age group (Junior Secondary).
All the participants from French International School thoroughly embraced this informative, enjoyable and eye-opening experience, which will be forever engraved in their memories.
The school is exceptionally proud to have the honour of ‘Les Champi-gn-onnes’ as the 1st place winners, as this is the first time our school has ever achieved this victory.
Congratulations to all the participants!
Y7: CIESLA Daniel (2nd place – francophone category, boys);DE BASTO, Hugo ; FOURDAN Adrien ; NEVEUX Adam (1st place – francophone category, boys); NEVEUX, Leelani (1st place – francophone category, girls); RATTIGAN Max (3rd place – francophone category, boys); RICE, Keiko Valentine (2nd place – francophone category, girls)
Y8: CRETOT, Juliette (1st place – francophone category, girls); GUYODO, Aoi; KUHL, Marianne (3rd place – francophone category, girls); LIM, Rachel; LUI, Jessica Chun Hei (2nd place – francophone category, girls); LUI, Madeline Wing Yan;
Y9: CORNO, Audrey (1st place – francophone category, girls); DAVIES, Archibald; MAHAPATRA, Yash; SHU Agnes
Y9 “les champi-gn-onnes” (1st place – Junior Secondary) : DENHAM Sasha Mei yan ; HO Claire ; MA Francene, Hi yu ; SHARMA Tarinee ; SHARP Samatha ann ; TRODD Matilda; WILSON Isabella; WONG Mayumi, Tak yi; YEUNG Celia
Last week on the 20th November, the Year 7’s and 12’s headed out on the annual Big Day Out - which starts off with a hike along the Dragons Back before ending with fun games on the beach.
The year 7’s were organised into six groups of eight, with four year 12 team leaders to journey with them along the hike, which compromised of many ups an downs - hence it’s name the ‘Dragon’s Back!’ Along the hike, the teams were given a scavenger hunt which they were encouraged to complete in order to beat the other teams. This included items to find such as ‘something alive’ or ‘something red,’ which made the hike more interesting and allowed the different years to bond and communicate. We almost thought it was going to rain but fortunately we only had a slight drizzle, additionally only one group got temporarily lost and there were no injuries so definitely a successful morning!
After the hike, the groups convened at Big Wave Bay Beach where we all enjoyed some lunch and relaxed whilst waiting for everyone to arrive. After we were all at the beach and had eaten, the Year 12’s set up their six games in a ‘Round-Robbin’ style around the beach and the different groups began to rotate round. Each game lasted 20 minutes and we were lucky that we had been given time in our PE lessons to plan these games and improve our leadership skills. This was another great opportunity for not only the Year 12’s to bond with the Year 7’s but also for the Year 7’s to bond with each other and work with people from the other class. The games were really well organised and included things such as; splat, tug of war, wheelbarrow racing and memory games. After these games, everyone came together to play a huge game of (slightly chaotic) capture the flag before heading back to school.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable day and we hope that everyone had as much fun as we did! Lottie Williams, Year 12
In English, we were lucky enough to have poet Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook visit and teach us about Extended Metaphor and Personification poems. We learnt how metaphors are a very strong way of describing and presenting a situation or occurrence and how two unlikely and seemingly unrelated situations could easily resemble each other if we made links. Marieke , Year 8
Poem in Chinese lesson - Alexander Chan & Bosco Liu, Year 8
Students of Years 8, 9, 10 and certain students of Year 7(based on teacher recommendation) will be writing six contests run by the American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) over this academic year. Each contest is made up of 7 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The contest papers will be marked at school. ASMA will compare the cumulative scores worldwide and announce the result in the Final Awards Newsletter. The student with the highest cumulative score for each school will receive an individual Highest Scoring Student Award Certificate. Below is the list of the students, in alphabetical order, who performed well on Contest # 2, getting at least 4 questions correct out of 7 and some sample problems.
On the weekend of the 18/19 November, FIS was one of 60 schools across Asia to participate in the 24 Hour Race, a relay race for 14- to 18-year olds to raise funds and awareness to end human trafficking and abolish modern day slavery. The 24 Hour Races are a student-led global movement to get students active and involved in an issue that affects an estimated 35 million slaves worldwide. In Asia this involves having a relay of 2000 runners in 3 cities – Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Sponsorship of the run raises money the various charity partners around South East Asia seeking to eradicate this crime against humanity.
FIS had 16 students participating, with two team leaders, Leanna Lam and David Vacek (Y12HT), running around the clock, from 9 am Saturday to 9 am Sunday, in relay teams, each student running on average 2.30 – 3.30 hours, 24 circuits of tracks around Victoria Peak – that’s nearly 82 km in all! As well as the runners, there were supporters of the FIS participants including staff, family and friends. I was there at various stages throughout the day and night to photograph our eager team.
Congratulations to all involved in the initiative, raising HKD 58646.65 for the cause (including the school’s donation of $5000 as well, thanks to the school’s generosity).
Because the 24 Hour Race is a student-led event, it is impressive that 95% of the total money raised is going directly to the charities and only the remaining 5% is for the handling fees; whereas for most other charities, 60% of the total money raised going towards charity and 40% is for the handling fee. This year, the money raised by 24 Hour Race is helping the following charities: Justice Centre Hong Kong and Chab Dai, both charities directly aiming to help combat the issue of human trafficking.
I asked Leanna Lam a few questions about the race.
How did you raise the money?
“Personally, I raised the money by asking my parents’ friends to donate to the charity and tell them that I was participating in this event. I couldn’t be sure but I think everyone had different money raising methods.”
How was this experience?
“The experience was remarkable. It was such a painful and tough process, but when I looked back, I thought that I actually had so much fun. Not only was the running such a rewarding experience, but also the fact that I had a chance to bond with the team, people from a year above or below, French or International stream, people who I had never met or talked to before. We had such a great team this year, everybody was talking and bonding and getting to know each other during the race, it was great. I really liked it. Was it difficult? Definitely. But the experience was amazing and phenomenal and I know that I will never be able to forget this experience.”
How tough was it?
“Very tough, but very rewarding. My muscles were sore for days. I could barely walk after the race.”
What was it like to run all day and all night?
“It was easier during the day and it was easier when it was still the first few laps, but it got pretty difficult at night as everyone starts to get tired and it was difficult to get up at night and run the laps.”
Was it worth it?
“Absolutely. Especially when this event helps and raises awareness for such a major global issue as human trafficking. It was definitely worth it.”
By Sofia Gagliano & Leanna Lam (Y12HT)
Participants: Girls Team: (Leanna-Team Leader) Gina Henderson, Naomi Crawford, Inès Ostheim, Kiki Kemp, Sophie Marrié, Terry Tse, Zoe Cook. Boys Team: (David-Team Leader), Kabir Sodhi, Toby Plowman, Carlen Sikora, Keith Chan, Arnaud Heuzard, Elias Coping, Luca Lit
In light of the tragic events of Friday the 13th, Madame Bezançon decided to put on a project within the school to commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks. Students were asked to represent the Eiffel tower as a symbol of support, and any art medium could be used. Pupils from Years 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 in the International section and seconde, premiere, and terminale in the French stream all participated. They could also add a message of support in their work. The outcome is a collective work displayed on five panels to show our solidarity to the innocent victims and their families and friends, and everyone else affected. Sophia Putterill , 11B
You can access all the works here
From the 25th to the 26th of September, I participated in the Hong Kong FINA World Cup. I swam in two events- the 400m and 800m freestyle, and managed to pull into the final of the 400m where I came 8th.
It was a great experience for me as this was the first time I was able to not only watch and appreciate the atmosphere of a world class competition first hand, but I was also able to swim alongside swimming legends that I thought I'd only be able to meet in my dreams!
Throughout September and October 2015 and over the final lessons of the last academic year, the Year 13's have undertaken the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's Bronze Medallion Life Saving Award.
The qualification is recognised as the minimum standard for a qualified lifesaver. The course enhanced their personal survival skills while at the same time provided them with the knowledge and skills to develop the level of judgement, technique and physical ability required to safely carry out water rescues. All of the students successfully passed the course so well done to all the Year 13's for all their hard work and effort in obtaining this additional qualification.
Mr. Neil HORTON
Teacher of Physical Education
On Wednesday , 4th November, the A2 played a good game against GSIS, winning the game 24 to 8. The game got off to a great start with FIS scoring 10 goals in only the first quarter, and continued in success until the very end of the game. We definitely as a team need to communicate more and work on our spacing. We had some difficulty with spacing and need to work on that before our next game as we would bunch up together in the middle third., but despite that, we made many intercepts (thanks to our great defence players), scored a dozen very challenging shots and made a lot of good strong, quick passes throughout the game. Unfortunately, Marie tripped and hit her kneecap towards the end of the first half, but overcame the pain and made an impressive comeback in the last quarter. In last quarter we got back and recovered and scored +6 points. Overall, a fantastic second game of the season for the A2 team! Marie Haddad
Many ironman supporters and viewers see this as a burden, and they are partially true, because this sport takes a lot of time and energy. For people facing difficulties socially, economically or even emotionally ironman can be very tough. But if you have past that time of chaos and you are accepted for who you are, you can go much further in life. And when you prove to all those who doubted you by crossing any finish line you feel that you are invincible and now everyone you know must call you an ironman. My dad is an ironman and he has made it to the championships 4 times, doing a little over 9 hours approximately. This year will be my dad's last Ironman race, most likely because this hobby costs a lot of money, for maintainnig the bike or even the swim, bike and run gear which is not cheap. This sport takes a lot of your time as you have to train almost every day sometimes even all three sports during the same day. He is stopping because he wants to spend more time with the family at home and at work too, Hopefully now he will not have to go to disney land every morning before going to work. Our entire family does triathlon except my mom(she is the supporter). We also spend most of our spare time running, swimming and sometimes biking. This hobby does require a lot of time, but if you are commited and determined to do ironman go for it because passing that finish line is hard and the glory pays off for the pain very easily. When I say my dad is going to stop doing triathlon he will stiil do his average routine but less energy intensive and less regular so he can spend time on other things. My mom is mostly the reason my dad is toning himself down as she likes to keep us in check making sure obligation comes before games and entertainment. Even thought, we love what we do and we are not about to lose it that easily. As someone with a gift must use it wisely.